South-central athletes shine in Rio

Elaine Thompson (FRANCK FIFE)

Historic performances from former Manchester High School students Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeod highlighted the contributions of athletes from the south-central region in Jamaica’s outstanding display in the track and field portion of the just concluded XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi ... Read More

Balloons were released to celebrate the formal commissioning of the BMR wind farm. (Photos: Gregory Bennett) BMR wind farm commissioned
Malvern, St Elizabeth — Eighteen months after ground was broken, the 36.3-megawatt wind farm r ... Read More

Some of this year’s graduates from the NCU seated in the Gymnatorium. Nursing grads top NCU send-off
Mandeville, Manchester — One hundred and five graduates of the Northern Caribbean University ( ... Read More

The group out for the street evangelism. Youth on a mission
Mandeville, Manchester — For Guyanese Cleon Cadogan, visiting Jamaica was high on his list of ... Read More

Manchester Co-op’s anniversary gift

Monday, August 22, 2016    

Manchester Co-operative Credit Union Marketing Representative Vasiana Miller-Hewitt (right) with daughter Leighana.

Mandeville, Manchester — The Manchester Co-operative Credit Union is now in its 65th year as an organisation. Among the celebratory activities to mark the occasion was a Family Fun Day and Back-to-School Fair on Saturday August 13. According to marketing representative, Vasiana Miller-Hewitt, the aim was to give back to the community in a way that captures the entire membership. Health checks, exhibits from different businesses, rides for the children, on- stage performances, and giveaw ... Read More

Health Fair for Frankfield

Monday, August 22, 2016    

Nurse Charmaine Simpson (left) administers a blood sugar test for a member of the Frankfield community at a recent health and information fair.

Mandeville, Manchester — Sixty residents of Frankfield and surrounding communities in south Manchester benefited from a community health and information fair hosted by bauxite/alumina company Jamalco recently. Residents had cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar tests conducted by Jamalco’s medical team and received health-related information. Public sector agencies including the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Heart T ... Read More

Pan Chicken champion reflects

Monday, August 22, 2016    

2012 Pan Chicken champion Jennifer Bennett

May Pen, Clarendon — Mineral Heights, Clarendon resident Jennifer Bennett was a pan chicken vendor for six years before entering the CB Pan Chicken Championship in 2012. Her determination, paired with a winning recipe, saw her emerge as the Grand champion that year and Bennett’s life has never been the same. In her distinct voice, Bennett recalls her journey. “I wasn’t going to enter because my husband entered a few times and didn’t win. But my daughter and famil ... Read More

Sprint Queen - Girl from Banana Ground delivers in Rio

Monday, August 22, 2016    

Elaine Thompson (right) celebrates winning the Women’s 100m Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016.  (Photo: AFP) FRANCK FIFE

Elaine Thompson emphatically crowned herself Jamaica’s new sprint queen at the just ended Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Thompson, from Banana Ground in east-central Manchester, just over the border from western Clarendon, first raced to victory in the 100 metres in 10.71 seconds. She returned four days later to claim the 200m gold medal, clocking 21.78 seconds. That made her the first Jamaican woman to win the 100m and 200m (sprint double) gold medals at the same Olympics. Thompson foll ... Read More

PHOTO: Sanguinetti’s Champ

Monday, August 22, 2016    


Omar McLeod became the first Jamaican man to win an Olympic gold medal in the 110-metre hurdles when he dominated the field in Rio de Janeiro last week. The 22-year-old from Sanguinetti in north-western Clarendon and a past student of Manchester High School and Kingston College clocked 13.05 seconds in a near-perfect display to win easily. See story and photos: South-central athletes shine in Rio Read More

Manchester death trap?

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 14, 2016    

The controversial median on Old Greenvale Road in Manchester. (Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Making representation to remove a median on Old Greenvale Road in the parish is a battle that Sally Porteous said she has fought fearlessly and lost, while actively involved in politics. The now custos of Manchester was a Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Mandeville Division from 2003 to 2011. “When I was a councillor years ago I tried to get the NWA (National Works Agency) to move it, because there had been a horrific crash there where someone also l ... Read More

Branson to take over BMR wind farm

Garfield Myers | Saturday, August 13, 2016    

Balloons released as part of the BMR commissioning

MALVERN, St Elizabeth — The formal commissioning of BMR Jamaica Wind Limited here on Thursday was coloured by news that the company as well as its United States-based parent BMR Energy is being acquired by international investor, Sir Richard Branson. Even as he introduced Branson to make brief remarks, Bruce Levy, president of BMR Energy, told those gathered at the ceremony at Potsdam, Malvern, that Branson’s conglomerate Virgin Group “are now in the process of acquiring BMR a ... Read More

Thwaites calls for better policies to support local government

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 08, 2016    

THWAITES... autonomy and bruk pocket makes no sense

Mandeville, Manchester — Attorney-at-law and Kingston Central Member of Parliament Ronald Thwaites has registered his dissatisfaction with some of the policies that govern land in Jamaica. He believes without taking the necessary step to modify what is now on the books, the country will continue to be deprived of opportunities for growth. “How can we hope to finance local government services properly when we insist that we continue to value land on the basis of the unimproved value ... Read More

PM awardee

Monday, August 08, 2016    

 Photo : Gregory Bennett

Principal of the Mandeville Infant School, Veronica Peart-Johnson, was one of four educators from Manchester who recently received the annual Prime Minister’s Award for service to education. She has given 36 years of service. Principal of Frankfield Primary and Infant School Marcia Lewis-Brown, deCarteret College principal Millard McLeod and Mt St Joseph Preparatory principal Jem Stanley were also recognised. Peart-Johnson said that in total, 40 educators were awarded this year. Read More

Manchester football chief hails Juici Patties age-group league

Monday, August 08, 2016    

St Catherine FA President Peter Reid (left) and Dalton Wint, Manchester FA president present players with football gear.

Mandeville, Manchester — Manchester Football Association president and executive member of the South Central Confed, Dalton Wint, is hailing the success of the recently ended Juici Patties-sponsored South Central Confederation age group football league. “It was a very good competition for our under-13 and under-15s,” said Wint. “I can truly say that we achieved wht we set out to achieve and again we are very grateful to Juici Patties for their continuing support for this ... Read More



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